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What are your views Foreign Minister George Yeo leaves politics?
What are your views Foreign Minister George Yeo leaves politics?

Foreign Minister George Yeo leaves politics

SINGAPORE: Outgoing Foreign Minister George Yeo says he will not be contesting in the next General Election.

Speaking at a news conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday, the 57-year-old said although he had been asked by supporters to stay on in Aljunied constituency, he will leave the task to someone younger.

The news conference was the first time Mr Yeo was meeting the media after his defeat at the polls.

Putting on a brave front, although looking tired and disappointed with his loss, Mr Yeo took the defeat in his stride and said this was the people's choice which he respects and this is what politics is about.

He agreed that voters wanted an alternative voice in Parliament. But he did not think young voters were the cause of his defeat.

Mr Yeo said: "I think nationally there was a swing among younger voters against the PAP. My own guess is that the swing was less in Aljunied GRC. So, while I hear anecdotally that in some constituencies you could feel the antagonism viscerally, in Aljunied GRC, if there was an opposition against us, it was expressed almost in apologetic terms.

"I didn't feel a visceral opposition from the young, but I'm sure many of them did vote against us. But the election outcome could not be be explained by the votes of the young alone, it was across the board."


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